$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up, deposit $500 & receive $500 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
500% Deposit Bonus
Sign-up, deposit $20 & receive $100 in bonus bets. That's $120 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

A ground-saving ride from Hugh Bowman has helped Criterion to a dominant win in the Group One Rosehill Guineas.

Runner-up in the Spring Champion Stakes and the Australian Guineas, Criterion wasn’t going to be denied a third time on Saturday, announcing himself as the new ATC Australian Derby favourite with his 3-1/2 length win on rain-affected ground.

“He’s just becoming mature now and (Bowman) rode him properly today,” Payne said.

“He’s a horse you can’t bustle. That’s why you use the top boys (riders), when you can get them.”

Bowman, who hadn’t ridden Criterion since last year’s Champagne Stakes, settled the colt back in the field as Cox Plate winner Shamus Award and New Zealand Derby winner Puccini set a speed they found impossible to sustain.

As the field fanned on the home turn, Bowman stayed closest to the inside and Criterion ($14) powered to the front and continued to race clear in a convincing Derby trial.

Thunder Fantasy ($12) led in the chasers with Queenslander Teronado ($8) another 1-1/2 lengths away third.

Criterion was fourth in the Victoria Derby and Payne is confident he can make amends in Sydney version.

“The Derby has always been his mission. That’s what we’ve aimed at,” he said.

Payne asked Bowman if he’d stick with Criterion in the Derby upon dismounting and was happy with the response.

“They will all be wanting to phone (for the Derby ride), but they won’t have to now,” Payne said.

After initially fearing Criterion wasn’t going to let down in the going, Bowman’s confidence soared as the colt towed him into the race at the right time.

“What I liked was when he got to the front and I asked him to go, he put them away,” Bowman said.

Randwick Guineas winner and equal favourite Dissident ($4.20) didn’t appreciate the rain-affected going and finished sixth, while Shamus Award raced too fiercely and beat one runner home.

Stewards questioned Shamus Award’s jockey Craig Williams and 12th-placed Puccini’s rider Michael Walker about their tactics.

Williams said Shamus Award raced too keenly while Walker said his saddle was shifting and had no choice but to go to the front.

 
Deposit $50, Bet with $250
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $200 in bonus bets. That's $250 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $500
    start betting
    with
    $1000*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $600*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $20
    start betting
    with
    $120*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $250
    start betting
    with
    $550*
    CLAIM NOW
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Chautauqua

Chautauqua to trial during G1 meeting

Chautauqua is set to play a part at the Moir Stakes program at Moonee Valley when he runs in an...

Melbourne Cup hopeful struggles in Germany

Torcedor remains on target for the Melbourne Cup despite a disappointing start for his new owners in Germany. The top-class...

Owner banned over offensive racehorse name

A racehorse owner has been disqualified for 18 months for knowingly giving a horse an offensive name and subsequently giving...

3YO a Big mover for Melbourne Cup 2018

Could a three year old contest the Melbourne Cup (3200m) again? Some TAB.com.au punters are certainly hoping that’s the case...

Jungle Cat’s odd slashed for The Everest

Will Godolphin get the final free slot in The Everest? Some TAB punters are certainly hope so and that the...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.